This information about apprenticeships applies to Wales

Apprenticeship frameworks are available in Wales via the Apprenticeship Certification Wales (ACW) website.

NHBF Members can download free apprenticeship agreements for use in Wales.

There are three types of apprenticeship available in Wales:

• Foundation apprenticeship (level 2)
• Apprenticeship (level 3)
• Higher apprenticeship (level 4)

Welsh language and bilingual apprenticeships are available. Apprentices must be 16 or older.
 

Foundation apprenticeships (level 2)

Foundation apprenticeships are a great way to begin a career in hair and beauty. They include a hair or beauty qualification at NVQ level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs). The following level 2 hair and beauty foundation apprenticeships are available in Wales:
 

• Hairdressing
• Barbering
• Nail services (non-statutory*)
• Beauty therapy

Apprenticeship (level 3)

At this level, apprentices gain valuable on-the-job experience to become competent within hair or beauty while also studying towards a nationally recognised qualification at NVQ level 3 (equivalent to five 5 GCSEs and two A levels).  The following level 3 hair and beauty apprenticeships are available in Wales:

• Hairdressing
• Barbering
• Nail services (non-statutory*)
• Beauty therapy
• Spa therapy (non-statutory*)

*Colleges and training providers are not legally obliged to offer ‘non-statutory’ qualifications.

Higher apprenticeship (level 4)

Higher apprenticeships lead to a qualification that is equivalent to a foundation or honours degree. The following level 4 hair and beauty apprenticeships are available in Wales:

• Hairdressing
• Advanced beauty practices

Training salon staff

More information

The Government Wales website provides links to guidance and services on apprenticeships, skills and training in wales, including becoming an apprentice, recruiting an apprentice, apprenticeship standards, and awards.

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (previously known as the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils) is the designated Certifying Authority for Apprenticeships in Wales.

The online Apprenticeship Certificates Wales (ACW) system enables apprentices or training providers/employers acting on their behalf, to apply for their apprenticeship completion certificate. It is a centralised system that meets all of the relevant regulatory and quality assurance requirements of the apprenticeship certification process.

The National Training Federation Wales (NTFW) works alongside the Welsh government to represent the interests of training providers and learners. 

Careers Wales provides information on career pathways in Wales. 

Apprenticeship funding in Wales

Go to Business Wales Skills Gateway  to request more information about apprenticeships in Wales and to ask for help with all aspects of employing an apprentice including funding. 

You must pay your apprentices at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices. Find out more about the NMW and apprentice rates. (Funding cannot be used to pay wages.)

Apprenticeship levy

Employers with a pay bill of £3 million or over must pay 0.5% of their pay bill into a pot to help pay for apprenticeship training. This levy applies across the whole of the UK but how the funds can be used varies between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Large employers will have a £15,000 allowance to offset against their levy payment. 

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